Blanchard Award

2020 award is now open

The Blanchard Award is open to talented instrumental students in either their first or second year of high school. It is through the generous support of Ross and Jenny Blanchard and their commitment to the development of young musicians that Generations in Jazz is able to offer a funded prize by way of financial assistance to both a female and a male recipient.

This development award is designed to help young students at the beginning of their high school journey and for talented students who need some financial help to reach their full music potential. The winners of this award are announced at the 2020 event.

Generations in Jazz will be accepting submissions from music teachers nominating students for this award.

Closing date for the Blanchard Award is 22nd March 2020

What is the Award?

The award is $2500 each, to a male and female recipient, that must be spent on instruments and/or music tuition.

How does it work?

If you are the recipient of the Blanchard Award  you may go to a music store and select what instrument(s) you need to the value of $2500.00. Generations in Jazz Inc will require a Tax Invoice from the Music Store involved in the purchase to be submitted to the organisation for payment.

For music tuition, Generations in Jazz will pay a Tax Invoice each term submitted to the organisation from the Music Teacher or Music School of your choice to the value of $2,500.00 for payment.

Who is eligible?

The final decision will be made taking into account both the music panel’s choice and the perceived need of the nominee. The GIJ board may request further information if necessary to decide the final recipients.

Submissions and recordings will be reviewed by the GIJ board and by the Award music panel.

How do I enter?

Generations in Jazz will be accepting submissions from High School music teachers nominating students for this award. Nominations can be made online here

The nomination should include the following: –

  • Students details (including contact information which will be used to communicate with the recipient of the award after Generations)
  • Parent details
  • A brief description of the student’s circumstances (detailing the need for the award).
  • A brief summary of the student’s musical achievements.
  • Any supporting material you feel would assist an assessing the submission
  • A recording as follows:
    • A 12 bar blues with improvisation (max 5 mins total)
    • An own choice number in any jazz style (max 5 mins total)

Any type of accompaniment (if desired) is acceptable and recording quality should be sufficient for the panel to assess the nominee (professional recording quality is not necessary).

Nominees will be assessed on both playing ability and potential, with two recipients (1 male, 1 female) chosen by the music panel.

The final decision will be made taking into account both the music panel’s choice and the perceived need of the nominee. The GIJ board may request further information if necessary to decide the final recipients.

Submissions and recordings will be reviewed by the GIJ board and by the Award music panel.